Voice of an Angel
Image taken from www.hayleywestenra.com
as classical pop's Charlotte Church, in waiting,
Westenra is but 16 years old and already wowing
the world with her new album, Pure, her first
to be released internationally.
New Zealander already has 2 albums under her skinny
belt but, sad to say, only her countrymen got to enjoy
them. Her self-titled debut, apparently secured triple
platinum sales in 2000, making her the fastest-selling
local artiste in New Zealand.
such a success that even ex-Posh Spice Victoria Beckham invited
her to sing at one of the pop star's extravagant parties.
There can be only one reason to explain this - her pure
voice. Looking at her, it's hard to imagine that such
powerful and haunting vocals could come from so young
a girl. There is also an indefinable rawness in her
voice that manages to convey a thousand emotions.
vocal range is impressive, allowing her to deftly switch
from alto to high soprano, and reaching those high notes
with extreme ease. Her vocal prowess and musical flair
comes as no surprise as she has been singing since the
tender age of 6, to top that off she's also already
mastered the piano, violin and ballet. Singing and touring
with Russell Watson, a popular classical
singer from the UK, merely adds tantalising cream to
Hayley's already sweet successes.
does not just touch on the classical but Hayley also
flexes her language prowess with a couple of classical
songs sung in French. If you were left wondering what
the strange, foreign sounds at the beginning of certain
tracks were, these are samples of traditional Maori
singing originating from New Zealand.
single, "Who Painted The Moon Black?" has garnered lots
of airplay in local radio stations, like Class 95FM. However, Hayley
has more to offer and there are many more hidden gems,
like "Never Say Goodbye" and "Across The Universe Of
Time" in her latest album.
even manages some mid-tempo songs in her repertoire
such as "Heaven" and "Beat Of Your Heart" very well.
She mesmerised me with a rendition of "Wuthering Heights",
coincidentally the last song of the album, which managed
to end on a high note.
Charlotte Church's waning popularity due to drugs and
an abusive boyfriend, it is now Hayley Westenra's turn
to take to the stage and shine. Her voice will mature
as time goes by, and it's just as likely that her sweet
innocence will be lost in the process. But take note
of her, because she's the one who will stick around
for a long time, possibly even after Charlotte's star
has entirely faded.
2002-2003 "The UrbanWire.com" Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore